Two lovely Loire Chenins


These were two wines I enjoyed at the IPNC Grand Dinner, sandwiched between Pascaline Lepeltier and Rajat Parr. Totally brilliant examples of Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Quite different in style, but beautiful. In particular, watch out for the wines of Thibaud Boudignon, a new star of Savennieres.

Thibaud Boudignon Savennieres 2012 Loire, France
His first vintage. Lively, linear and pure with fresh lemon and herb notes as well as bright acidity. Lively and fine with real precision: a remarkable wine. 94/100

Le Vignes Herbel La Pointe Chenin Blanc 2009 Loire, France
I love this wine. It takes a moment to get past the initial oxidative notes on the nose, but if you do you are rewarded with herbs, lemons, ripe apples and citrus. Amazing acidity with lovely precision, and a sense of alive-ness on the palate. This is a remarkable, textured, mineral wine. 94/100

2 comments to Two lovely Loire Chenins

  • When Thibaud’s wines are good, they can be really, really good. He’s a really nice guy too, just starting out. His Anjou Blanc François(e) is comparable to his Savennières in terms of quality. Keep an eye out for it.

    The wines of Les Vignes Herbel are well into the oxidative camp, too far for my tastes. While I quite like the wines, which go some way to balancing the oxidative notes with freshness and good acidity, I find they say more about Laurent and Nadege, and their philosophies, than they do about Anjou or the Loire.

  • I’ve try the wines of Thibaud Boudignon, but I do love the wines of Les Vignes Herbel. The pet’nat from Cab is refreshing and the Chenin Blanc rue aux loups from 1920 vines is stunning. Who’s to say what Anjou or Loire wines are supposed to be, and, frnakly, I don’t care as their wines are lovely.

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